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Pretty in PINK

August 20, 2015
Pretty in PINK

Pretty in PINK by susansaidwhat featuring patent pointed toe pumps

One dozen must-have baubles for summer… for under $50!

June 10, 2015
One dozen must-have baubles for summer... for under $50!

One dozen must-have baubles for summer… for under $50! by susansaidwhat featuring sterling silver diamond jewelry

This spring, everything’s coming up… floral!

April 21, 2015
This spring, everything's coming up... floral!

This spring, everything’s coming up… floral! by susansaidwhat featuring a checkbook wallet

Denim staples for fall

September 14, 2011
I've got the blues!

I’ve got the blues! by susansaidwhat featuring a cropped jacket

Cropped jacket
$85 – topshop.com

Straight leg jeans
$190 – net-a-porter.com

Michael Kors satchel handbag
$194 – repertoirefashion.co.uk

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever!  

Susan’s Style: It’s September. Back to reality…

September 5, 2011
Summer is done. Back to reality!

Summer is done. Back to reality! by susansaidwhat featuring a pleated skirt

Fitted shirt
$50 – witchery.com.au

L A M B pleated skirt
$153 – coggles.com

MICHAEL BY MICHAEL KORS leather shoes
148 CAD – gravitypope.com

Tahitian pearl necklace
$193 – jcpenney.com

Yves Saint Laurent glass ring
$250 – net-a-porter.com

Now that Labor Day is over and summer is merely a memory, my breezy, summery clothes seem sadly out of place in the office. Even though the outdoor temperatures are regularly in the upper 80’s throughout the month of September, those soft pastels and white basics somehow look wrong.

Transitioning to my fall wardrobe generally occurs a bit at a time, but the first (and easiest!) step is to choose hues more suitable for the onset of cooler weather. Today, the pieces I’ve chosen have actually been hanging in the closet all summer long. In June, I might have paired the gray skirt with a pastel pink sleeveless blouse. In August, the black tee topped everything from khaki shorts to my favorite black-and-white print skirt from Anne Taylor.

But in September, I’ve put the two neutrals together along with some of my favorite trends for fall: python pumps and a wrap belt.

Python is just the latest addition to a long series of animal prints which have been popular in various incarnations for several seasons. I believe that this is a trend with some serious staying power! Although interesting and detailed, python is a neutral. For work or play, snakeskin is a real must-have for fall 2011.

The wrap belt another one of those trends that I believe women everywhere will embrace this fall. These belts are so flattering and – even better — forgiving to all figures!

But of these trends are available in an incredible range of prices, and offer an instant update to wardrobe pieces you already own.
Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever!  

Looking chic at the “End of Summer Luau”

September 3, 2011
Say goodbye to summer

Say goodbye to summer by susansaidwhat featuring an espadrilles wedge

French Connection sweetheart dress
$180 – usa.frenchconnection.com

Floral hair accessory
$17 – hairflowers.net

The annual Luau signals the end of summer. I look forward to it (so much fun!) but dread it as well, because it means those long, lazy days gossiping by the pool with my girls are over for another year.

This year I wanted to glam it up a bit over my standard cotton sundress. So when I found this strapless, embroidered sheath, I knew it was perfect! Best of all, the dress is now on sale at The French Connection for $179.99 (was $228.00).

The dress is such a stunner, that I’ve paired it with very plain Steve Madden wedges in white and some simple Betsey Johnson hoop earrings. For a more upscale occasion, you might add strappy sandals — but remember to let the dress shine and keep jewelry and other details to a minimum.

Of course, this event is a Luau, so I just had to add a flower to tuck behind my ear! Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone!

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever!  

Instant wardobe update: The best fall skirts

August 31, 2011
That's a wrap!

That’s a wrap! by susansaidwhat featuring an asymmetrical skirt

Helmut Lang wrap skirt
$185 – farfetch.com

Draped skirt
$120 – witchery.com.au

T by Alexander Wang elastic waist skirt
$135 – net-a-porter.com

Peter Som asymmetrical skirt
$209 – kirnazabete.com

Sara Berman leather skirt
$135 – theoutnet.com

Careful draping, soft folds, and a sense of movement characterize the best of this fall’s new skirts. From casual knit jersey, to show stopping leather, to elegant chiffon for evening, this feminine style looks fresh and new.

So, if you can only buy one new skirt this fall, make it one of these stunning sarong-inspired styles for an instant update!

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever!  

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